A book of wisdom, a compilation of tactics, hordes of to-avoid mistakes, rich set of brilliant tested ideas for thriving.
Although many of the rules might seem devilish, they’d better be considered as lessons to be aware of in perilous social life.
This book is unspeakably well written. Everyone can definitely benefit from having it read for its lessons are ones that have been tested and utilized throughout history by bold figures.
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I have lost my innocence from reading this book and realised that there really are people who are out to get you (paranoia aside). People exist like the people described in this book who will manipulate the situation and use you for their own ends. While this book outright advocates that you do this (because other people are bound to be doing it so why don’t you join them and get them before they get you, which is a highly flawed argument), this is clearly not always the best course of action.
However, this book has helped me in ways that I did not expect. I am more aware of what other people are doing, I am actually more concerned with the welfare of others, and I realised that it is important to at least have power over your own life so I am now a much more in control person who is more disciplined. I am also more excited about life somewhat, knowing that you can have fun improving yourself and your position in life and in the world.
I am not sure that I will follow each and every rule of the book, but it’s an interesting read and some of the laws are fairly neutral such as being careful about what you say to people, not always showing all of your cards and never appearing or being smarter than those above you, especially in a professional work situation. Laws such as these are good for self-preservation if nothing else.
But if you take everything in this book as gospel, then you may lose your humanity (as other reviewers have said) and/or you may realise that the heights of power are not what you wanted after all. Ultimately, take this book with a barrel of salt and maybe go for the more morally neutral laws, lest you be completely corrupted by the dark side of the world.
Some great lessons from this book
- Learn to control your emotions.
- Contingency. Flexibility. Have a “Plan B.”
- Learn from your past.
- Life is a game, don’t take it personally.
What I can’t seem to learn is how to conceal my intentions, and play the role of a “courtier.” That said, I can unconditionally and unequivocally recommend this book, just for the mini liberal arts “Western Civ” education you’ll receive. Read it, you’ll have some good conversation at random water coolers and cocktail parties, you might even score a spot on Jeopardy, but you’ll definitely kick some poor, weak, sots ass at Trivial Pursuit.
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